Monday, December 11, 2023

Ledumang headmaster, senior teacher face expulsion

The future of a suspended Ledumang headmaster and a senior teacher hangs in the balance as the Ministry of Education and Skills Development has completed investigations surrounding the two.

The Botswana Sector of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) says it won’t jump the gun until due process is followed and they will be representing their members.

Reports reaching The Telegraph suggests the suspended duo may face expulsion or demotion.

The headmaster has been charged with negligence. He is accused of reluctance to take action against the Biology teacher who is, in turn, accused of having multiple love affairs with students.

Allegations are that on numerous occasions it was brought to the headmaster’s attention that the said teacher showed some signs of misconduct.

As it is, it looks very likely that the teacher may also face criminal charges.

The director of South East Region, Benson Rauwe, has confirmed that investigations are now complete.
“We have completed our investigations that surrounded both headmaster and his senior teacher who are currently on suspension,” he said.

Rauwe added that the two are expected to appear before the disciplinary committee within fourteen days.

“It will be unprofessional for me to reveal the finding before the two appear before the said committee.”

He said the two have already been given the report of the findings to which they are expected to respond or defend themselves within fourteen days.

He added that the headmaster and his senior teacher were investigated for negligence of duty and misconduct in the workplace.

When asked what action will be taken against the two, he replied: “I m not in a position to discuss that but Section 27 of the public service act says it all.”

Meanwhile the Secretary General of BOSETU, Tobokani Rari, said he is aware of the investigations on the two, especially of the senior teacher who had informed the union seeking advice.

He said as BOSETU they would not want to jump the gun before due procedure has been followed.

They will be representing their members to ensure due process is followed, said Rari, who added that BOSETU holds workshops across the country, sensitizing members about workplace professionalism.


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